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Just 45 minutes from Queenstown, at the head of Lake Wakatipu lies Glenorchy, gateway to New Zealand's Mount Aspiring National Park and Te Wahipounamu, one of New Zealand's three World Heritage Areas.

Internationally recognised for its exceptional beauty and natural, untouched qualities, it has been showcased in the Oscar winning Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as other big screen movies (see The Ride of the Rings), and is home to Dart Stables.

Dart Stables has been offering visitors to the area the opportunity of exploring Glenorchy and Paradise for over 20 years, and has gained a well-earned reputation for providing memorable horse riding in this stunning part of New Zealand.

With over 50 horses of various breeds, knowledgable and enthusiastic guides and a wealth of experience, Dart Stables is able to provide great horse riding and treks for all levels of rider.

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2016
Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2016

Dart Stables offers:

Stunning scenery and river crossings
Visit Lord of the Rings and Hobbit filming locations
Options for experienced and beginner riders
Exclusive and group rides available by arrangement
All gear provided - Drizabone coats, boots, gloves and safety helmets
Half chaps available
Fully trained, experienced guides
At least 1 guide to every 5 riders
Lovely, well cared for horses!

Recent Testimonials

  • Ann, Taiwan - April 2016
    Ann, Taiwan - April 2016 That day was my first horse-riding. I know nothing about horse-riding, but Yankie still treated me very tenderly. Is he alright recently? I miss him so much. May I see some pictures of him on Facebook? (Thank you.) Hope I can get back there one day and meet him again
  • Lisa, Germany - August 2016
    Lisa, Germany - August 2016 Me and my friend Stefanie did the Trilogy Ride this morning. This was by far the best activity of our New Zealand trip. We got assigned to two very nice horses that had as much fun cantering along this beautiful scenery as we did! Our guide Lindsey was great! She told us a Lot about the country, took lots of pictures of us and gave us plenty opportunities to speed up. We will be back, for sure! Thank you so much!

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